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Sharing perspectives leads to greater understanding and fuels innovation. The ​Optum Insights ​blog is where we share our perspective and challenge preconceptions to clear a new path forward


  • Florida Governor intends to propose legislation to tackle opioids

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    • Optum Workers' Comp
    | Oct 02, 2017
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    Workers Comp, PDMPs, Opioids
    With the continuing focus increasing on opioids nationwide, Florida Governor Rick Scott recently announced intention to propose major legislation and significant budget funding to combat opioid abuse in Florida.


  • Shipments of Opana® ER ended August 31

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    • Optum Workers' Comp
    | Sep 29, 2017
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    Workers Comp, Opana, FDA
    As a follow-up to the requested removal of Opana® ER from the marketplace by the FDA earlier this summer, Endo International plc confirmed they ceased manufacturing and shipping reformulated Opana ER (oxymorphone hydrochloride extended-release) on August 31, 2017. Endo expects pharmacies to carry stock and dispense this product through the end of 2017.


  • Medication recall for one lot of paroxetine 30 mg tablets from Zydus Pharmaceuticals

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    • Optum Workers' Comp
    | Sep 22, 2017
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    paroxetine, Zydus Pharmaceuticals, Workers Comp, Medication Recall
    Zydus Pharmaceuticals USA Inc, the United States division of Cadila Healthcare has voluntarily recalled 44,800 bottles of paroxetine 30 mg tablets from the US market. Zydus is recalling the medication due to the presence of foreign tablets, reported to be another medication (risperidone 0.25 mg tablets), found in the bottles.


  • Pharmacy Resource Guide now available

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    • Optum Workers' Comp
    | Sep 21, 2017
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    Pharmacy Fee Schedules, Workers' Compensation
    We are pleased to share our 2017 Pharmacy Resource Guide. Inside you will find a state-by-state guide to the pharmacy fee schedule and jurisdictional maps highlighting key workers’ compensation laws and regulations.


  • Virginia finalizes regulatory activity to control opioid utilization

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    • Optum Workers' Comp
    | Sep 20, 2017
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    workers compensation, PDMPs, Opioids, Chronic Pain
    The Virginia Board of Medicine and Board of Pharmacy recently implemented regulatory changes aimed at controlling opioid analgesic utilization through procedures for both prescribing and dispensing. The Board of Medicine amended a finalized emergency rule, similar to other states, putting in place prescribing controls on opioid analgesics utilized when treating acute pain. The emergency regulation also provides specific treatment protocols and requirements for chronic pain, including requirements to check the state PDMP program and complete a medical exam of the patient.


  • Ongoing opioid and formulary discussion in Arkansas

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    • Optum Workers' Comp
    | Sep 15, 2017
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    Drug Formulary, Opioids, Formularies
    One trend we have seen this year in numerous states is an attempt to control opioid utilization in workers’ compensation through development of state-specific formularies and/or treatment guidelines. One such jurisdiction we have been working with during their development of a drug formulary, which could potentially contain opioid-specific prescribing restrictions, is Arkansas.


  • California DWC issues second revision to MTUS Drug Formulary rules

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    • Optum Workers' Comp
    | Sep 08, 2017
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    MTUS, Formularies, Compounded Medications
    The California Division of Workers’ Compensation (DWC) has issued a second set of proposed modifications to the originally proposed MTUS Drug Formulary rules as well as instituted a second 15-day comment period. These actions follow a review of all stakeholder comments received during the first 15-day comment period and are intended to clarify the rules to help ensure compliance with existing regulations.



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